Message from Assistant Superintendent Cecily Wilson-Turner, Ed.D.

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The following message is from Cecily Wilson-Turner, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for elementary education in the City School District of Albany:

February 3, 2020

Dear Families,

I am writing to let you know that veteran administrator David Amodeo will be acting principal at Giffen while Principal Jasmine Brown is out during the next few weeks. 

Mr. Amodeo retired in June as principal of New Scotland Elementary School. Before that, he was an assistant principal at William S. Hackett Middle School and the former North Albany Academy. He taught in our schools for decades and is himself a graduate of Albany’s public schools. 

I am confident that Mr. Amodeo will provide excellent leadership at Giffen during Mrs. Brown’s absence. 

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Amodeo at or call him at the school at (518) 475-6650. 


Cecily Wilson-Turner, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education